Tuesday, February 22, 2022

How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole Release Blitz

How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole. Available Now.


Love’s an anchor.
Responsibilities and lack of band success have kept him trapped. But now, with the band suddenly making it big and his family obligations gone, life is off the rails. Yet fame, women, and arena tours only go so far in helping keep his pain buried.
Until one of the most spectacular nights of his life comes back to haunt him. She saved his career, now she wants him to help save hers.


Love’s an illusion.
Everyone around her is out for what they can get, except a drummer who wanted nothing more than a steamy one-night stand.
Two blue lines later, she’s on the fast track to career destruction as America’s number one wholesome content creator.
Saving her reputation and collaborations will require a plan and a little social media fakery. Okay, a lot. Like twelve months of pretending to build a family with the rock star of her dreams.

A baby. A fake relationship. And a million dollars. Is it the perfect arrangement to avoid responsibilities? Or a deal guaranteed to ruin them both?

It's raw. It's real. It's rock and roll.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Excess All Areas series!
For book one, One Day Like This, click HERE.
For book two, Next Time I Fall, click HERE.


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How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole

Book 3
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For a fraction of a second, she hadn’t recognized herself. Fake relationship, fake lashes, fake posts. She didn’t like the way the word irritated like a stone she couldn’t get out of her shoe. Fake.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of whirlwind emotion

This is the third in the series, and I really would implore you to read them in order, as otherwise you really will miss significant elements of the story, and also of the culture in Manchester where much of this is set. If you don't and find yourself lost, please go back and start at the beginning – the story deserves your time.

Luke has been skirting on the edge of rage and addiction for a while, and one might say living his worst best life, or best worst life. The band suddenly making it big has not necessarily all been good, and Luke has been somewhat untethered for a while.

So, when Willow, the person whose use of their music on her video gave them their chance, turns up and reveals their one night of abandon has resulted in a pregnancy, he has to face some big challenges.

I love that we get to see both their viewpoints and that in the most part they are pretty honest with each other, or intuitive enough to get to the bottom of some very longstanding and serious issues. Luke makes some pretty big leaps into a world of revisiting events and getting the situation straighter, helped in no small part by his very best friends and bandmates. It is lovely to see the emotional maturity gained by both Matt and Jase help Luke slowly develop some understanding of Willow's situation, and more especially his feelings about her.

Always with a side of Mancunian rough realism, the evolution of the band, the guys, and their relationships is a pleasure to watch and no story in this series would be complete without the wisdom (and sandwiches) of Nan.

I cannot wait for the next installment!

Luke and Willow aren’t my favourite of Scarlett Cole’s couples, but I’m really loving the way this series follows the Sad Fridays from unknown grafters in the first book to the stadium filling band in this third book.

The complicated relationships between the band members, their families, and their partners are the best parts of this book. The band has grown up – and they’ve grown together. This book builds on the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation that started in the second book. I love the way the band holds close to family and Manchester, even as they become household names.

In some ways, Luke’s romance with Willow works well. The Luke we met in previous books would never have let himself get tied down without an earth-shattering catalyst. I’m just not sure that Willow’s character really fits into this series. Willow does have a growth arc, but the American actor/influencer feels far too shallow, vain, and needy for me to really engage with. Cole usually writes about strong, interesting women. In contrast, Willow is unbearable at the start of the book and somewhat likeable by the end.

Beyond Luke and Willow, I’m loving this series and I look forward to the next book.



“My brother, for all his faults, will make a loyal husband and doting father if he’ll just allow himself to fall in love.”


Author Bio

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are Scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.

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“Lines are moving, Will. It’s scaring me, not going to lie. But they’re moving. And friends, lovers, co-parents… whatever we are, I’m on your side. Okay?”


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of How Good It Was (Excess All Areas #3) by Scarlett Cole to read and review for this tour.

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